torachan: john from garfield wearing a party hat and the text "this is boring with hats" (this is boring with hats)
1. Carla made chicken adobo for dinner tonight and it was so delicious.

2. We went to the store this afternoon and went over to See's Candy while we were there. I had a gift card left from Christmas but I had no idea how much money was left on it, so I just got what I wanted and it turned out to be almost exactly the right amount!

3. It was rainy today, but only sprinkling when we went out. It looks like we're supposed to have a few clear days before more rain this weekend, which is also nice (both the clear days and more rain).

4. Chloe and Jasper are just too cute when they sleep together. I really hope to eventually see him and Molly cuddled up like this, too.

torachan: a chibi drawing of sawko, kazehaya, and maru from kimi ni todoke (sawako/kazehaya)
1. We went to Target today to get various stuff and while we were there, I remembered to look at the shoe section to see if there were any good house slippers and there were! I have some flip-flops for wearing outside, but for indoors I like the sort that doesn't go between your toes so I can wear socks in cold weather. The pair I've been wearing are actually nearly twenty years old and have served me well, but they are really falling apart. These new ones are very comfy, so I'm pretty happy about that.

2. I finished another book! At this rate I think I might have to re-revise my goal from thirty books to maybe forty. I know the rest of the year I won't be reading as much as these two weeks of vacation, but I'm hoping that I'll at least continue to read a couple books a month.

3. I spotted my favorite cranberry orange cookies on the clearance rack at the grocery store. They're those thick cakey ones that are almost like a muffin top. So good. *_*

4. I had a Marie Calendar's chicken pot pie for dinner. Those things are so ridiculously delicious. We went to the store yesterday, too, and I suddenly got a craving for one as we were walking down the freezer aisle...and they didn't have any! They had every flavor except the original, which was of course the only one I wanted. I mean, the others are probably good, but when I get a craving for a chicken pot pie I just want the original! But today we went to a different store and they had them, so I bought a couple. :)

5. Jasper just tried to shut down my computer, but thankfully there were unresponsive programs, so it popped up the "do you want to force quit these or cancel?" box and I was able to stop it from shutting down. (Also, amazingly, even though it did shut down Firefox, this entry didn't disappear when I relaunched it. Woohoo!)

6. The innocent face of a dastardly computer turner-offer!

torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
1. We started watching this new show called Powerless and it's so good! It's set in the DC universe but it's about regular people, in particular, the regular people working at a company that makes products for people to use in case of supervillain/superhero incidents (like an umbrella to keep rubble from falling on you). I'm surprised I hadn't seen anyone talking about it, since superhero shows are very popular, and it has some fandom favorites (Alan Tudyk and Dany Pudi), but I might have just skimmed over it because I'm not that into superhero stuff myself. But it's a sitcom, not a drama, so it turns out it's actually right up my alley.

2. Look at this silly Jasper.

torachan: jason momoa/ronon smiling (ronon)
1. Today was my one-week post-surgery follow-up visit and it looks like everything is healing up really well.

2. It's a long drive to see the surgeon and it was predicted to rain a ton today, but thankfully it mostly held off until we got home. No rain on the way down and while there was some heavy rain on the way home, it was off and on, and just getting started so there wasn't any huge puddles built up yet or anything yet. Once we got home it just kept pouring all afternoon and evening, though. I'm glad we didn't have to go out in it!

3. Look at this sweet Chloe face!

torachan: palmon smiling (palmon)
1. Tomorrow is my follow-up doctor visit, which means I finally get to take the dressings off and maybe be a little more comfortable! I am pretty excited about this. Also I will be able to take a shower for the first time in a week. I've never been so excited to wash my hair, but dry shampoo really, really is no substitute.

2. I finished translating yet another chapter of something, scanned a chapter of something else, and did some other assorted translating.

3. I read a whole lot today! So much, in fact, that I decided to raise my goal for this year from twenty books to thirty, and including all the graphic novels I read today, I'm already a third of the way to my goal! (Goodreads says I'm seven books ahead of schedule!)

4. We got McDonald's for dinner and had Shamrock Shakes. Last year for some reason the entire LA area (and I think maybe all of southern California?) did not sell Shamrock Shakes, so I'm glad they're back.

5. Molly moved and made this picture blurry, but I still like it.

torachan: (Default)
What are you currently reading?
I am currently reading The Mayor of Castro Street, though aside from one chapter early this week, no progress has been made. A lot of my reading this week has been on the couch after turning off the lights, so physical books just aren't gonna cut it.

Also reading First Class Murder, the third Wells & Wong mystery, which takes place on the Orient Express (something which is much commented upon, since Agatha Christie does exist in this universe). I'm exactly a quarter of the way through and enjoying it greatly. I would probably be finished by now if I had not been reading manga and comics as well, but I have been.

Lastly, I am on issue 16 of the Rick and Morty comics. They are okay, definitely better than any other cartoon tie-in comics I have tried to read, and for the most part feel like they could be actual episode plots (though if they were, they'd definitely be among the worst episodes). I think for now I'll continue with them, but we'll see.

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished Arsenic for Tea, which puts me at four books read this year. My goal is twenty, so I'm doing great!

I also read the first fifteen issues of Rick and Morty, which I think would put me at the first three graphic novels based on the number of pages per. (I do like to add the graphic novels to LibraryThing when I think of it, just to keep track.)

Before that, I read a few issues of Invader Zim that I still had on my ipad as I hadn't yet made up my mind on whether to keep up with it or not. However, after reading them, the decision was definitely "not". In twelve issues, exactly one story was really funny, and the rest were just meh. (Now that one story had me laughing so hard I was in tears, so it was a really great story, but still, that's just not a good ratio.)

I also read quite a few volumes of manga: 7 Seeds 32 and 33, Kinou Nani Tabeta? 11 and 12, and one that was new to me, Otouto no Otto (just the first volume so far).

I highly recommend Otouto no Otto to anyone who is interested in manga focused on gay characters that is not BL or yuri. Like Kinou Nani Tabeta? it runs in a regular seinen magazine, however, the author is Tagame Gengoro, a very famous gay author, mainly known for his pornier works. Otouto no Otto is the story of Yaichi, a single father who one day opens the door to discover a strange Canadian man on his doorstep. That man, Mike, is Yaichi's estranged twin brother Ryoji's husband. Ryoji has recently passed away and Mike has come to Japan to mourn and to visit the places they never got to visit together. The story is told through Yaichi's POV and over the course of the story he gradually becomes more comfortable with the idea of his brother being gay and with gay people in general. It's clearly written for a straight audience, but I really like it.

What do you think you'll read next?
I think I'll finish up what there is of Rick and Morty, then read the next two volumes of Otouto no Otto. Not sure after that, but I'm excited about clearing some stuff off my ipad! :D
torachan: maru the cat sitting in a bucket (maru)
1. Carla made fried chicken today and it was so delicious!

2. I posted manga and translated another chapter and did some cleaning for another series, too. Plus I got a lot of reading done.

3. Look at this sweet little guy! He can jump up on the window table now, so he just loves spending the morning soaking in the sun and watching the view.

torachan: (koi-iji)

Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 4 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: How Shun met his wife.

Chapter 14: Punch-Drunk Love
torachan: ryu from kimi ni todoke eating ramen (ramen)
1. I really got a lot of translating done today. Finished up one chapter that I'd had partially done and did another one from start to finish, plus worked a bit on a third. I wasn't sure how much I'd feel like translating during these two weeks, so I actually worried I'd get less done than usual, but I think at this rate I'm actually going to be able to get all my usual monthly stuff done as well as a lot of work done on lower priority projects.

2. Overall I'm doing really well recovery-wise.

3. Yesterday I got a pic of all three kitties together, though not as together as I would like them to be.

torachan: ryu from kimi ni todoke eating ramen (ramen)
1. It turns out that although I put in for ten days of paid time off, I actually only need to use nine because next Monday is Presidents Day and that's one of our paid holidays! Even after taking all this time off, I still have like 150 hours of PTO left, so it's not like it really matters, but it's still a nice bonus.

2. We started on a Gravity Falls rewatch and I'm really enjoying it. I haven't rewatched it since the series ended.

3. I got a good bit of translating done today, including finishing up a chapter.

4. The cats were being soooooo cute today it's hard to choose a picture! But I went with this sweet one of Chloe in the sun. :)

torachan: nepeta from homestuck (nepeta)
1. I actually got a good night's sleep last night, and then was still feeling pretty groggy this morning so I had a nap around noon, too. After two nights of hardly getting any sleep, plus the whole surgery thing, I really needed that!

2. This evening Carla and I took a little walk around the neighborhood. It felt good to get out of the house.

3. I actually got quite a bit of translating done today.

4. Today is the 19th anniversary of when Carla moved out here. I can't believe we've been together that long!

5. Look at this silly Jasper! For some reason he has such a grown up look on his face.

torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
1. Carla and I played a bit of Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens today. I've never played multiplayer before and it was confusing but fun.

2. I finished another book today. I'm on a roll!

3. I didn't really feel like doing much today other than reading and watching TV, but I did manage to get a little bit of translation done.

4. Jasper learned how to jump up on the little window table in the computer room and now he loves looking out the window at the birdies and other interesting things outside. (And it was such nice weather today after all the rain last night.) Here he is looking very majestic with his big sister.

torachan: john from homestuck looking shocked (john shocked)
1. I had surgery this morning and everything went smoothly and I'm doing great. Also my copay ended up being only $20, so that was an extra bonus as well.

2. Chloe and Jasper were soooooo cute tonight!

torachan: a cartoon kitten with a surprised/happy expression (chii)
1. We went to Target this morning and among other things got Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was only $20 (not even on sale). I'm going to be sitting on the couch a lot the next few days recovering from surgery so it will be nice to have something fun to play.

2. I got my hair cut today. I like the way my hair looks at the length it had gotten to, but it's such a pain and always sticking out weird, so it's short again now.

3. Carla made super delicious curry chicken salad for dinner.

4. Although it always makes me sad to throw away the kitties' beloved cardboard boxes, I got rid of like four of them today and the house looks much tidier (they still have like six).

5. Jasper was such a sweetie today, but sadly I didn't get any pictures of him, so here's one from the other day. I swear he's bigger than this already.

torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
It's so much easier to do these posts on a regular basis when I've actually been doing some reading! XD

What are you currently reading?
Currently reading Arsenic for Tea, the second of the Wells & Wong Mysteries. I'm about halfway through with it and enjoying it just as much as the first one.

I'm also reading (though only just started) The Mayor of Castro Street, a biography of Harvey Milk by Randy Shilts. This is one I've had on my shelf for aaaaaages, so it will be good to finally get it read!

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished Their Eyes Were Watching God earlier this week. I didn't love it, but that's really no fault of the book itself; the basic story (woman finds herself and true love after two failed marriages) is just not one that really grabs me. What made it interesting was the setting. Anyway, it's definitely a classic for a reason and I'm glad I read it.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, I'll probably finish Arsenic for Tea tomorrow or Saturday and I guess I'll probably read the third book next.
torachan: arale from dr slump with a huge grin on her face (arale)
1. I was at work for like eleven hours and then came home and did more work and still have work to do tomorrow, because there are so many last minute things! But that's it, for two weeks I am officially Not At Work. It's going to be super weird. I've never taken off more than two days in a row, so I know I'm going to be super antsy about it.

2. I got some manga posted!

3. Chloe and Jasper were cutely cuddling today!

torachan: (musume no iede)
Apparently Musume no Iede is ending in Japan this month and will have six volumes total. I'm sad to hear it's ending, but as we're only just starting volume three here, we'll still be going for a while longer!

Title: Musume no Iede
Original Title: 娘の家出 (Musume no Iede)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Jump X
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 6 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + muge
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: When Mayuko's mom announces she's getting remarried, Mayuko runs away to live with her dad and his boyfriend. This heartwarming slice-of-life series follows Mayuko and her family and friends as their stories interweave.

Chapter Summary: Last chapter saw Haruna get her hair cut like the model Araki Rena, and this chapter we follow Rena herself.

Chapter 13: A Slave to Love
torachan: anime-style me ver. 2.0 (anime me)
1. I sliced my thumb with a cat food can lid this morning, but after having a bandaid on all day it seems to have healed up pretty well. Which is good, because I hate having bandaids on my fingers. It's always awkward and I have to wash my hands so many times during the day that it just makes things so complicated and annoying (all day today I was washing my hands while carefully trying to keep the top half of my thumb out of the water).

2. I went out to eat with some coworkers after work tonight and had a lot of fun. We went to a yakitori place nearby and everything was super tasty. Also someone else paid for it, so that was extra nice.

3. Chloe and Jasper were sleeping cutely on the back of the sofa when I came home tonight, but sadly when I tried to take a picture, I couldn't get it so you could make out any of Jasper's features. :( So instead have a cutie Molly from the other day.

torachan: a cartoon bear eating a large sausage (magical talking bear prostitute)
1. Had a pretty nice day off. I slept in and lazed about and read a lot and got some translating done, too.

2. Speaking of reading, I finished another book today! That's three so far this year, which is pretty exciting.

3. It's been four weeks since we brought Jasper home and he has fully integrated. I do hope he eventually cuddles with Molly more, but they have slept together a few times and she overall seems pretty comfortable with him around. As for him and Chloe, well, she probably wishes he didn't want to play quite as much as he does, but they are best buds. They wrestle and chase all the time and they also cuddle up and sleep together.

torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
1. Day off tomorrow! I feel like Tuesday and Wednesday are probably going to be pretty stressful, trying to make sure everything is really taken care of and ready for me to be gone from work for two weeks. D: So it's kind of tempting to go in tomorrow or Thursday, but I'm not going to.

2. I was worried the store might be a little slow today because of the super bowl, but it was pretty busy and sales were good.

3. Look at this cutie, showing off her snootie snoot and toe beans!


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